GVSU Student-Athletes Run at USA T&F Championships
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DES MOINES, Iowa - Five current and one former Laker student-athlete took part in the USA Track & Field Championships over the weekend with solid performances.
Recently graduated Sam Lockhart was competing in the USA Track & Field Championships, while five other GVSU student-athletes were taking part in the USA Junior Track & Field Championships.
Sean Wells was competing in the 110 meter hurdles and qualified for the finals after running a time of 14.15 seconds in prelims to finish fifth. In the finals, he finished sixth with a time of 14.34 seconds.
Amy Creutz finished 10th in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 10:18.52. Nate Orndorf, running in the 5,000 meter event, finished 25th with a time of 15:55.30.
Katelyn Cliff just missed out on qualifying for the finals in the 1,500 meter run. She finished 13th (top 12 advanced) with a time of 4:47.28. The runner in 12th finished in a time of 4:46.66.
Darien Thornton, competing in the men's hammer throw, just barely missed out on advancing to the Pan-Am games to represent the USA, finishing third in the competition with a best throw of 67.47 meters (221'4"). The top two advanced to the Pan-Am games, with the second-place finisher carding a best throw of 69.14 meters (226'10") on his final attempt of the competition, knocking Thornton down to third.
Lockhart finished fifth in the women's discus, recording her best throw on her first attempt, a toss of 58.74 meters (192'8"). She was the only GVSU representative competing in the senior division of the USA Track & Field Championships and defeated a host of Division I student-athletes and sponsored throwers.
"Sam finishing her career as a Laker in the top five at the USA Championships is very special," said GVSU throws coach Blaine Maag, who was in attendance to guide both Lockhart and Thornton. "It's a great way to jump start her professional career. She will always represent Grand Valley in the most positive way."